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  • Johnny Cueto strikes out 11 in win over COL
    Johnny Cueto came through clutch in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over seven innings.

    Advice: Cueto wasn't unhittable on Thursday -- indeed, he surrendered nine of them -- but he managed to evade trouble on the scoreboard, for the most part. He got his hiccups out of the way early, surrendering an RBI double to Nolan Arenado and an RBI triple to David Dahl in the first inning. From that point onward, he posted goose eggs. In his first year with the Giants, Cueto has pitched to a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 198/45 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings. He allowed more than two runs in just three of his final 10 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Jon Gray roughed up for five runs by Giants
    Jon Gray struggled in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Gray also walked three in what was a less-than-stellar finish to his 2016 season. The Giants ripped him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning, then came back around for three more in the sixth. The 24-year-old right-hander's 4.61 ERA might not inspire much confidence, but Gray also rocked a 185/59 K/BB ratio across 168 innings. He closed the season with double-digit strikeout showings in two of his last three starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Kendall Graveman limits M's to one run
    Kendall Graveman handcuffed the Mariners in Thursday's no-decision, yielding one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Graveman struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up an RBI single to Leonys Martin in the fourth inning, but otherwise kept the Mariners at bay over his 5 2/3 innings of work. This was something of a rebound start for Graveman, who had cratered over his last three outings. He entered Thursday's action having allowed 15 runs on 23 hits in his previous 17 1/3 innings. For the season as a whole, he finishes out the owner of a 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 108/47 K/BB ratio over 186 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Miranda scatters four hits into sixth inning
    Ariel Miranda was sharp in taking a no-decision against the A's on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Miranda struck out six and did not walk a batter on the evening. Chad Pinder cracked a solo home run off him in the sixth inning, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 27-year-old southpaw. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, Miranda has pitched to a 3.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Friedrich mired down by big sixth inning
    Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Urias blanks Padres over three innings
    Jose Urias kept the scoreboard clean in Thursday's no-decision against the Padres, tossing three innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: The Dodgers have no need to press their starters deep into games at this juncture. In his limited action, Urias did a nice job. The youthful southpaw struck out five and walked two on the evening, surrendering just one hit over his three frames of work. In 122 innings this season, he pitched to a 3.39 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 84/31 K/BB ratio. The postseason now awaits for Urias. He could potentially start in Game 4 of the NLDS, depending on how that series against the Nationals unfolds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Gibson fans eight, allows four runs to Royals
    Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson kept the Royals in check for most of the evening and was handed a lead in the top of the seventh, only to give it right back in the bottom of the frame before exiting. The eight strikeouts were a single-game high for the 28-year-old this season. In 25 starts this year, Gibson went 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Duffy yields eight hits, four runs to Twins
    Danny Duffy allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Duffy walked two and struck out just three in the uncharacteristic start, leaving his record at 12-3 to finish the year. And what a year it was for the southpaw, who wasn't even in the Royals' rotation to start the season before moving to a starting role in mid-May. Duffy was dominant at times as a starter and ends the year with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 188/42 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 innings overall. A full year in the rotation could yield even more good things for Duffy next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Oh suffers blown save, gets win against Reds
    Seung Hwan Oh suffered a blown save Thursday, allowing a run on two hits, but ended up getting the win against the Reds.

    Advice: A day after leaving an outing with groin discomfort, Oh was back in there but didn't get the job done, giving up a leadoff double and eventually allowing the run to score on a soft infield hit with two outs. Oh then struck out Adam Duvall to end the frame, his second strikeout in the inning. Blown save aside, the 34-year-old didn't show many ill effects from the groin injury, and while he'll likely be given Friday off, the right-hander should be ready and able to pitch against the Pirates this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
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  • Hellickson leaves start with sprained knee
    Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Thursday's game against the Braves due to a sprained right knee.

    Advice: It's certainly good news that the injury appears to be minor and doesn't involve his arm at all. The 29-year-old finishes his 2016 campaign with a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA and 154/45 K/BB ratio over 189 innings. He's positioned to secure a fairly lucrative multi-year contract in the off-season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Quintana strikes out seven in loss to Rays
    Jose Quintana pitched well in Thursday's loss to the Rays, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Despite taking the loss, Quintana finished out his season in sturdy style on Thursday. Outside of an Alexei Ramirez RBI single in the second and a solo home run by Mikie Mahtook in the fourth, he kept the scoreboard clean. In 32 starts, the 27-year-old southpaw pitched to a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 181/50 K/BB ratio. He tossed 208 innings this season and has now thrown at least 200 frames in four consecutive seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Archer allows three runs into seventh inning
    Chris Archer provided decent length in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Archer struck out five and walked two on the evening. He surrendered a sixth-inning run courtesy of a Melky Cabrera RBI ground out. One frame later, he was victimized in decidedly louder fashion, as Carlos Sanchez swatted a two-run home run off the 28-year-old right-hander with one out in the seventh. With this start in the books, Archer can hang up his spikes for the year. Overall, he pitched to a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. The numbers are solid enough, but Archer took a slight step back after an impressive 2015 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Collmenter sharp over seven against Phillies
    Josh Collmenter was strong again Thursday, allowing one run over seven innings in a no-decision against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collmenter scattered six hits without issuing a walk, recording four strikeouts in the process. The start was his third since joining the Braves and the third that was above average, giving him a 2.37 ERA in those three starts. The 30-year-old struggled as a reliever with the Diamondbacks prior to the trade, but his strong finish could lead some teams to view him as a viable starter or swingman this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Stroman yields nine hits, four runs to O's
    Marcus Stroman allowed nine hits and four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: In the biggest start of the season, the right-hander was bled slowly, allowing runs in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth innings before exiting. Of course, he would have had to be near perfect to match O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who blanked the Jays over 6 2/3 innings. Stroman ends the regular season at 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 32 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Vogelsong to start season finale on Sunday
    Ryan Vogelsong will start the Pirates' season finale against the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates hadn't officially named a starter for the final game, and it looks like the veteran right-hander will get one more turn. That could be a good development for the Cardinals who are still in the thick of the National League wild card race. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Hellickson leaves start with apparent injury
    Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave Thursday's start against in the fourth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what occurred at this point, but the trainer came out to check on the veteran right-hander mid at-bat in the fourth inning and the decision was made to pull him out. It's a potentially devastating development for Hellickson, who has had a nice bounceback season in 2016 and is headed for free agency this winter. Expect an update from the Phillies on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:23 pm
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  • Indians/Tigers game postponed due to rain
    Thursday's game between the Indians and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: The game will be made up on Monday, if necessary, which could potentially throw a wrench into the Wild Card race. Scheduled starters Daniel Norris and Ryan Merritt will be pushed back to Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Robbie Ray gives up five runs in loss
    Robbie Ray dropped to 8-15 after giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Ray finishes with an 11.25 K/9 IP, which ranks 21st all-time among pitchers to qualify for the ERA title. Unfortunately, he also finishes with a 4.90 ERA, which is the third highest mark ever for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts. Many will look at the strikeouts and label him as a 2017 breakthrough candidate. We're not quite as optimistic; he should be quite a bit better than this, but he doesn't project as a top-of-the-rotation guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) throws 'pen session
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that he's "absolutely" ready to start Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: It's obviously good news that Tanaka feels up to the task, but whether he takes the ball Saturday or not isn't up to him. If the Yankees are officially eliminated by then -- which is likely -- there would seem to be a good chance they'll play it safe and go ahead and shut him down. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Phil Klein to make spot start Saturday
    Phil Klein will start on Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Jake Thompson has been shut down, so the Phillies needed a spot starter in what will be a bullpen game versus the Mets. Klein threw five innings in a spot start last month but hasn't gone more than 1 1/3 frames in September, so he won't be in long Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Hammel (elbow) scratched Friday vs. Reds
    Jason Hammel has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Reds due to right elbow tightness.

    Advice: Hammel has looked off all month, and this might officially rule him out of the mix for the Cubs' postseason roster. A new starter for Friday has not been announced. The National League Central champs could make it a bullpen game at Great American Ball Park. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
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  • Kluber (quad) to start Game 1 or 2 of ALDS
    Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Thursday that the goal is to start Corey Kluber (quad) in Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers after suffering a mild quadriceps strain and won't make another appearance in the regular season, but he was able to play catch on Thursday morning and the Indians sound optimistic that he'll be ready to rock for one of the first two games of the best-of-five Division Series. "[Kluber] is not going to not make that start," said Callaway. "He'd be like Curt Schilling. He's going to go out there and pitch." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 am
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  • Oh (groin) says he should be available Thurs.
    Seung Hwan Oh (groin) said he expects to be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen Thursday.

    Advice: Oh was lifted from an appearance Wednesday after experiencing renewed discomfort in his groin while trying to field a ball in the top of the ninth inning, but this his crunch time for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. "It’s nothing worse than what I dealt with before," said Oh with the help of translator Eugene Koo. "It’s totally fine, but we’ve still got a few more games to play so [manager Mike Matheny] told me to focus on tomorrow." The right-hander from South Korea has registered a brilliant 1.85 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts over his first 77 2/3 major league innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 am
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  • Bryan Mitchell blanks Red Sox
    Bryan Mitchell shut out the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

    Advice: The Yankees have always been high on Mitchell, but he was essentially a non-factor this year after fracturing a toe in April. Having such a strong outing in his final regular-season start will help with the wishcasting for 2017, though we're still skeptical that he'll last as a starter. He'll likely compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
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  • Clay Buchholz holds down Yankees
    Clay Buchholz shut out the Yankees for six innings, allowing just one hit, in his start Wednesday.

    Advice: Buchholz in the rotation and Drew Pomeranz in the pen seems like the right strategy for the Red Sox in the ALDS. Since returning to the rotation on Sept. 6, Buchholz has a 3.14 ERA in five outings, turning in quality starts four times. He'll carry an 8-10 record and a 4.78 ERA with him into the postseason, but he's throwing better than that right now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 pm
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  • Craig Kimbrel gives up four runs in loss
    Craig Kimbrel walked three and gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: No matter how many strikeouts he's recorded, Kimbrel hasn't much moved the dial for the Red Sox in the regular season this year, not with his 3.35 ERA and five losses. Still, the postseason was a huge factor in the team's decision to pay such a high price to get him, and there's still time for Kimbrel to prove his value then. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • McAllister tosses two scoreless frames Wed
    Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings in a rainy start versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one in the brief outing. The game was interrupted by rain multiple times and ended up being called after five frames. The Indians' starting rotation has been wracked by injuries of late, so McAllister was called upon to fill in a day after the Tribe clinched their division. He has been effective out of the bullpen this year. He has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Seung Hwan Oh has renewed groin discomfort
    Seung Hwan Oh said he felt renewed discomfort in his groin in the ninth inning Wednesday.

    Advice: Oh was pulled after trying to field a comebacker off the bat of Jose Peraza in the top of the ninth inning. He spun quickly to throw to first base after picking up the ball and did not look comfortable in that process. This could be the end of the road for the impressive South Korean rookie, assuming the Cardinals can't climb into a National League Wild Card spot and advance to the NLDS. They fell 2-1 to the lowly Reds on Wednesday night in St. Louis. Kevin Siegrist may be called on for save chances over these final four regular-season tilts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 pm
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  • Julio Urias tracking toward postseason roster
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he "see[s] [Julio Urias] on the postseason roster in some capacity."

    Advice: Urias will make his final start of the regular season on Thursday, when the Dodgers do battle with the Padres. Beyond that, it looks like the 20-year-old southpaw will receive his first taste of postseason action this October. His exact role has yet to be determined, but he is one option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. In 74 major league innings this season (14 starts in 17 appearances), Urias has pitched to a 3.53 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 79/29 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Ryan Vogelsong roughed up by Cubs
    Ryan Vogelsong was touched up for four runs while walking five batters over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The five free passes were a season-high for the struggling right-hander. Over his last six starts, Vogelsong has yet to go more than five innings and has allowed at least four runs in five of six outings. Vogelsong's turn comes up Sunday in St. Louis, but the Pirates might give that start to someone else. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Kluber down 7-10 days with quadriceps strain
    Corey Kluber has been diagnosed with a mild quadriceps strain and is expected to miss 7-10 days.

    Advice: Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers with what was originally described as a groin injury. He won't take another turn in the rotation before the end of the regular season, but his final start this weekend was probably going to be an abbreviated one anyway. This diagnosis is mostly positive news for the American League Central-champion Indians, as Kluber should be fine -- or something close to fine -- for the ALDS. Game 1 is nine days away. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:06 pm
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  • Cueto (groin) cleared to start this Thursday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) has been cleared to start Thursday at home against the Rockies.

    Advice: Cueto suffered a mild groin strain in his September 20 start at Dodger Stadium, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue and was given the go-ahead to pitch Thursday by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. It could be a very important game for the Wild Card-hunting Giants. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:58 pm
  • Urias to start for Dodgers on Thursday
    Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers on Thursday at San Diego.

    Advice: It probably won't be a very lengthy outing for the young left-hander, who has thrown a career-high 119 innings this season between the minors and majors. Urias topped out at just 80 1/3 innings last year. Still, he could be an option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Tanaka (forearm) planning to start Saturday
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) played catch Tuesday and is planning to start Saturday.

    Advice: But it's not clear if the Yankees will allow him to go ahead with that start given that they're pretty much out of Wild Card contention (and will almost certainly be eliminated by Saturday). Tanaka was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Blue Jays after being diagnosed with a slight forearm strain. There should be something more official in a couple days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:48 pm
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  • Corey Kluber (groin) to be sent for MRI
    Indians president Chris Antonetti said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that Corey Kluber (groin) will undergo an MRI.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to make an early exit from Monday's start against the Tigers due to right groin tightness, but Antonetti is optimistic that it's nothing serious. We should know for sure soon. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so obviously it would be a tremendous blow if he also needs to miss some time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:10 pm
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  • Francona downplays Kluber's groin injury
    Indians manager Terry Francona downplayed Corey Kluber's groin injury after Monday's game.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to exit his start against the Tigers on Monday after four innings due to what was described as right groin tightness. He declined to discuss the injury as the Indians clinched the American League Central, but more should be known on his status on Tuesday. "He's good, but he has a groin thing that he's fighting," said Francona. "It started getting him in the third and again in the fourth, so I grabbed him. I told him we need to find a way to win a game, but we aren't going far without him, so we need to get him healthy and let him do what he does." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:50 am
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  • Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
    Corey Kluber exited Monday's start against the Tigers with right groin tightness.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings before leaving the ballgame. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so this isn't an encouraging development. We should know more about the severity soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:09 pm
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  • Kluber pulled after four innings
    Corey Kluber was pulled from Monday's start against the Tigers after four innings.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk before exiting. He was only at 60 pitches at the time, so it was a surprise to see him leave this early. And given the Indians' recent injury issues, obviously not ideal. We should get an update on his status soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:58 pm
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  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) could be shut down
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Tuesday to determine whether he can make another start before the end of the season.

    Advice: Tanaka was scratched from Monday's start against the Blue Jays due to a mild forearm strain. His status up in the air, especially with the Yankees on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. There should be more clarity on his status in the next day or so. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:55 pm
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  • Quintana fires six one-run innings to win Sat
    Jose Quintana held the Indians to a single run in six innings during Saturday's 8-1 victory.

    Advice: He struck out only two batters, walked three and gave up six hits to earn the win. He was relieved after throwing an inefficient 103 pitches in his six frames. He advances to 13-11 with a 3.21 ERA after 31 starts. Quintana has recorded 174 strikeouts versus 48 walks in 202 innings. He has been amazingly consistent throughout his five seasons. He has a career 46-45 record and 3.41 ERA in 945 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Ray gives up five runs in loss to Orioles
    Robbie Ray allowed five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Ray's struggles continue, as he's now 8-14 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 31 starts. The southpaw has struck out a whopping 215 batters on the year, but little else has been ideal in his sophomore year as a full-time starter. Ray will get one more start to try to go out on a high note, taking on the Nationals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Miranda yields three runs in four innings Sat
    Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Stroman allows one hit over seven scoreless
    Marcus Stroman yielded just one hit over seven scoreless frames Saturday in a no-decision against the Yankees.

    Advice: Nobody scored until the eighth inning when Jose Bautista broke it open with a three-run shot to left field. New York's only hit off Stroman came in the second inning when Aaron Hicks dropped a one-out single to left field. Stroman finished the afternoon with three walks and five strikeouts. Despite a seven-start winless streak, the right-hander has recorded quality outings in each of his last three starts. The Yankees have been shut out three times in a row and have quickly fallen out of the AL Wild Card race. Stroman's next start is scheduled for Thursday against Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:38 pm
  • Daniel Norris pitches well in no-decision
    Daniel Norris pitched well in a tough-luck no-decision against the Royals on Saturday, surrendering two runs on six hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The rookie left-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. The Royals scratched out a run in the second inning then added a solo shot off the bat of Kendrys Morales in the sixth, and that was the extent of their offense against him. He departed with a two-run lead and in line for his fourth victory before Francisco Rodriguez melted down in the ninth inning. He'll carry a 3.59 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into a critical matchup against the Indians at home on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Jason Hammel clobbered in loss to Cardinals
    Jason Hammel was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering six runs on six hits over his 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked one and struck out two on the miserable afternoon. The Cardinals got to him early and often in this one, striking for four runs in the first frame and then adding on a run in each of the next two innings. Hammel is unlikely to be used in the postseason rotation and could be pitching his way off of the roster altogether for the NLDS. He'll try to get back on track on Friday when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:40 pm
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  • Jon Gray strikes out 10 in four innings
    Jon Gray fanned 10 while giving up four runs in four innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gray is the fifth pitcher ever to strike out 10 while working four innings of less. All five of those outings have come since 2013. Along with the 10 K's, Gray have up two homers and three walks to the 19 batters he faced. He also hit a batter. It took him 106 pitches to get through those four innings. Considering his workload this year, he probably should have been pulled earlier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Kendall Graveman allows three runs in loss
    Kendall Graveman allowed three runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Graveman struggled in his previous two starts before bouncing back tonight. He shut out the Rangers for six innings before giving up three in the seventh, the last two coming on Adrian Beltre's homer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Kyle Gibson takes loss to Mariners
    Kyle Gibson yielded two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Gibson would love to end on a strong note after a very disappointing year. He's allowed three runs over eight innings in his last two outings, lowering his ERA from 5.34 to 5.04. He only has one start left now, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Hellickson gives up six runs to Mets
    Jeremy Hellickson was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Hellickson limited the Mets to one run over the first four innings before he came unglued in the fifth inning. After walking the bases loaded, he gave up a pair of RBI singles before being pulled. He was charged with two more runs after Michael Conforto slugged a three-run blast off Frank Herrmann. The impending free agent has been rocked to the tune of a 7.77 ERA in five starts against the Mets this season, but still holds a solid 3.78 ERA on the year. He’ll finish the year with a start against the Braves on the road next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:14 pm
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  • Mitchell goes six innings in loss to Jays
    Bryan Mitchell gave up three runs (one earned) over six innings Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Mitchell ran into all sorts of trouble early on in this one, so it’s impressive that he managed to make it through six innings. All told, he gave up six hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Mitchell has posted a 4.50 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings through four starts since being recalled by the Yankees. He’s not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
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  • Danny Duffy clobbered in loss to Tigers
    Danny Duffy was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Tigers, surrendering six runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The left-hander walked four and struck out four on the afternoon. The long ball was his undoing in this one, with Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin each leaving the yard. Now 12-3 on the season, Duffy will carry a 3.43 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season against the Twins on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Archer gives up two runs in loss
    Chris Archer surrendered two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Archer served up a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the first inning, which was ultimately enough to put him in line for his 19th loss. He struck out seven and walked a pair and now has 228 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.02 ERA. He’s looked a lot more like himself in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Kimbrel punches out two in earning 29th save
    Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.

    Advice: Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Vogelsong allows two runs over four innings
    Ryan Vogelsong surrendered two runs on two hits over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Vogelsong struck out seven and walked two on the evening. A two-run home run by Scooter Gennett spelled the entirety of the scoring damage. As currently scheduled, the veteran right-hander will make starts against the Cubs and the Cardinals before the regular season closes out. Over 72 1/3 innings, Vogelsong has pitched to a 4.85 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 55/32 K/BB ratio. A facial fracture cost him a large chunk of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Collmenter holds Marlins to two runs in win
    Josh Collmenter limited the Marlins to two runs over seven innings in a win Thursday.

    Advice: Collmenter was deemed so worthless that the lowly Diamondbacks released him in August, but the right-hander is now 2-0 with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings over two starts with the Braves. On Thursday, he allowed five hits and walked two while striking out four over his seven innings. It's strange to say, but the 30-year-old could actually be a decent streaming option next week against the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:43 pm
  • Cueto (groin) could still start on Sunday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that there is still a chance Johnny Cueto makes his scheduled start against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Cueto will test out his injured groin by playing catch on Friday. If all goes well, he could be cleared to start as anticipated. The Giants obviously won't risk the right-hander's health if he isn't ready though. Expect an update from the team after his throwing session on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) won't start Monday
    Masahiro Tanaka has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Blue Jays due to a lower forearm strain.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi described it as a "slight, slight, slight" flexor mass strain, but the club obviously didn't want to push it. The skipper added that if it were the regular season, Tanaka "probably" would not require a disabled list stint. Tanaka, who will be shut down for five days, said he has "no pain at all" but is experiencing some tightness. The right-hander expects to be ready for a start sometime next week, although if the Yankees are eliminated by then they might play it safe and just shut him down. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:20 pm
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  • Kluber holds Royals to two runs over 6 1/3
    Corey Kluber gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rang up nine strikeouts against two walks and six base hits, none of which left the yard. He gave up both runs in the third inning to fall behind 2-1 but he was able to put up zeroes until the Indians retook the lead and went on to victory. Kluber moves to 18-9 with a 3.11 ERA. He owns 224 strikeouts in 211 innings. He will likely get just one more start before the regular season ends. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 pm
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  • Clay Buchholz pitches Red Sox past Orioles
    Clay Buchholz limited the Orioles to one run and three hits over seven innings Wednesday in Boston's 5-1 victory.

    Advice: The teams face off once more Thursday, but the Red Sox have pretty much wrapped up the AL East by taking the first three games of the series, leaving the Orioles fighting for the wild card. Buchholz's big outing should have the Red Sox weighing putting Drew Pomeranz in the pen for the postseason. It's not necessarily that Buchholz is the better bet starting games in October, but Pomeranz has the potential to be a real difference-maker working in relief. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
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  • Tanaka yields four runs in six frames in win
    Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs but still got a win, yielding four runs over six innings in a victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: All four of the solo longballs came in the third inning, including three in a row to Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson. He gave up seven total hits and a pair of bases-on-balls while fanning five. Tanaka was able to advance his record to 14-4 despite the home run barrage. He owns an excellent 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 36 walks in 199 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:48 pm
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  • Cueto (groin) unlikely to make his next start
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Johnny Cueto (groin) will likely be unable to make his scheduled Sunday start against the Padres.

    Advice: Cueto was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning after suffering a Grade 1 left groin strain, which is an injury that typically requires 1-3 weeks of rest and rehab. Bochy is making plans for another (yet to be named) pitcher to start in Cueto's place on Sunday. Jake Peavy, Ty Blach, and Matt Cain are among the candidates who could take the mound for that one. It's possible Cueto will be able to return to the Giants' rotation early next week, but it's not something to bank on. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Vogelsong to remain in Pirates rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Ryan Vogelsong will remain in the starting rotation.

    Advice: Vogelsong has a 10.19 ERA over his last four starts and he got hammered for six runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings last Friday by the last-place Reds. But the 75-75 Pirates really don't have anything to lose. "An opportunity to go back out there and get something done," Hurdle said. "We’re probably banking on his experience as well in a rotation that’s very young right now." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:19 am
  • Cueto will undergo MRI on groin Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto departed Tuesday's start against the Dodgers in the sixth inning with a left groin strain. He initially stayed in but then pulled himself after throwing a couple balls to walk Andrew Toles. Giants beat writers indicated that Cueto seemed upbeat in the clubhouse after the game, but we'll just have to see what the MRI says before we know whether it's possible he can make his next start Sunday in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 pm
  • Johnny Cueto diagnosed with left groin strain
    Johnny Cueto has been diagnosed with a left groin strain.

    Advice: The grade of strain is unknown, but even minor groin strains usually require at least two weeks of rest and rehab for starting pitchers. Cueto suffered the potentially-season-ending injury in the sixth inning of his start Tuesday night against the rival Dodgers, after throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings. He has a 2.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 212 2/3 total innings this year. There should be more information on Cueto's status coming Wednesday and Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Cueto removed from start vs. LAD with injury
    Johnny Cueto was pulled from his start Tuesday against the Dodgers with an apparent groin injury.

    Advice: Cueto grabbed at his groin after a pitch to Andrew Toles in the bottom of the sixth inning and a trainer came out to visit. Cueto stayed in the game after three practice pitches, but he never looked quite right and manager Bruce Bochy called for the hook after a wild pitch in the dirt gave Toles a one-out walk. This could be another massive blow for the Giants, who lost Brandon Crawford to a dislocated left pinkie in the second inning of Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel nails down 28th save Tuesday
    Craig Kimbrel pitched around a walk to record his 28th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel issued a two-out walk to Pedro Alvarez but got J.J. Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. He had some ups and downs in the first half, but Kimbrel has been dominant since the All-Star break with just one run and five hits allowed. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
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